European Network of National Human Rights Institutions Vacancy Human Rights Traineeship: Apply!

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ENNHRI is the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions. We bring together over 40 National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) across Europe to enhance the promotion and protection of human rights in the region. Our network provides a platform for collaboration and solidarity in addressing human rights challenges and a common voice for NHRIs at the European level.

At ENNHRI, we work to:

  • Strengthen NHRIs by facilitating the exchange of information and good practices and organising capacity-building activities
  • Support NHRIs with their compliance with the UN Paris Principles during their establishmentaccreditation and when they come under threat
  • Connect NHRIs to European institutions by facilitating their engagement with regional mechanisms, raising their visibility and intervening on regional legal and policy developments

We are an international not-for-profit association under Belgian law with a Permanent Secretariat based in Brussels.

We are looking for one Human Rights Assistant to join our team for six months, starting preferably February 2024. The candidates will play an important role in ENNHRI’s daily work and will be a part of our Human Rights Team.

To apply, please fill out the application form and attach your CV in PDF format (max. 2 pages, in English). Deadline: 12 December 2023 (23:59 CEST).

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Human Rights Assistant (NHRI Standards & Human Rights Themes)

  • Providing support to ENNHRI’s work in relation to its first core objective ‘more and stronger NHRIs across Europe’, this includes support on:
    • NHRI establishment in Europe in compliance with the Paris Principles;
    • ENNHRI’s role in the global accreditation process;
    • Supporting NHRIs when they face threats, and addressing common challenges for NHRIs to carry out their work independently and effectively
  • Supporting the work of ENNHRI’s members on key human rights topics, especially:
    • rule of law and implementation of regional human rights conventions;
    • civic space and human rights defenders,
    • climate/ the environment and human rights;
  • Conducting background research; drafting of papers, reports and other written materials; collecting, compiling and analysing information;
  • Monitoring relevant European developments; policy and advocacy work in the field of human rights in Europe; and liaising with NHRIs to facilitate exchange of monthly updates;
  • Where appropriate, representing ENNHRI and attending web-meetings with NHRIs and a wide range of European actors;
  • Drafting content for newsletters, website and social media;
  • General administrative tasks including contact and database management, information requests and other membership-related activities.
  • Other tasks as reasonable to the scope and responsibility of the role.


  • A first-hand experience or sound knowledge of human rights in Europe;
  • A first-hand experience or sound knowledge of or work with NHRIs in Europe;
  • Demonstrated interest in understanding and working with NHRIs in Europe;
  • Involvement in the organisation of in-person /online meetings, and webinars;
  • Research and drafting skills;
  • Sound knowledge of human rights law and policy frameworks in Europe;
  • Professional working level of English;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent organisational skills;
  • Ability to work both in a team and on own initiative.


  • Experience conducting research on human rights and drafting articles, reports or statements.
  • Experience working for a membership organisation;
  • Experience working in an international environment;
  • Additional language skills.


The traineeship will be offered for 6 months, and starting end February 2024 at the latest. The traineeship is full-time and will be carried out at ENNHRI’s Secretariat office in Brussels, where a teleworking policy applies. ENNHRI will provide the candidate with a Belgian traineeship contract (“Convention d’immersion professionnelle”) with a remuneration of € 1450 / month, and monthly STIB (public transport) pass.


To apply, please fill out the application form and attach your CV in PDF format (max. 2 pages, in English). Deadline: 12 December 2023 (23:59 CEST).


For more information, you can check ENNHRI’s website. If you have additional questions, please contact Christos Katsalis, Administration Officer, at [email protected]

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